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Accessibility | Ithaca, NY

Welcome to Ithaca, NY, a vibrant city nestled in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Known for its stunning natural landscapes, rich history, and thriving arts scene, Ithaca offers a plethora of accessible attractions that cater to everyone. In fact, our accessible listings feature far more than any of the surrounding areas. Whether you're looking to enjoy indoor cultural experiences or explore the great outdoors, Ithaca has something for everyone to enjoy.

Indoor Accessible Attractions

Whether you’re looking for a rainy day activity or simply prefer staying indoors, Ithaca has plenty of accessible options for you to choose from. 

Immerse yourself in the wonders of natural history. With wheelchair ramps and accessible exhibits, the Museum of the Earth offers an inclusive experience for all visitors. The museum also hosts Mask Mondays on the third Monday of each month, perfect for immunocompromised guests or anyone who feels more comfortable in a masked environment. The museum also offers Sensory Friendly hours every third Sunday of the month, designed to provide visitors with sensory processing disorders or developmental disabilities a more comfortable and inclusive experience.

Experience the magic of live performances! The State Theatre of Ithaca is a historic venue which boasts accessible seating and facilities, ensuring that everyone can enjoy entertainment in style. The Hangar Theatre is another great inclusive venue that will delight theater-goers of all abilities. In addition to accessible seating and companion tickets, the theater offers a special sound system for the hearing impaired and sensory-friendly performances. 

Or dive into the world of art at the Johnson Museum, where ramps and elevators ensure that art enthusiasts of all abilities can explore the collections. Hearing-impaired guests can request ASL interpreters for the museum’s lectures, tours, and other events. Best of all? It’s free and open to the public. 

Outdoor Accessible Attractions

A visit to Ithaca would not be complete without witnessing its natural beauty. Plenty of our outdoor experience provide accessible options for the avid nature-lover. The Cayuga Waterfront Trail runs 8 miles connecting Cass Park to Stewart Park. This flat, multi-use can be enjoyed by people of all abilities. At Stewart Park, families will be delighted to find a fully ADA accessible playground.

Witness the breathtaking beauty of the region’s waterfalls. One of the highest waterfalls east of the Rockies, Taughannock Falls offers accessible trails to provide everyone the chance to marvel at nature's wonders including two viewing areas. You can access one via a trail at the lower entrance or check out the Overlook, where parking is free. Don’t miss one of the area’s best known waterfalls, the Buttermilk Falls. The accessible falls are easy to view: simply pull into the parking lot and just a few feet from there, you’ll be able to see them.

Plan Your Visit

Discovering the accessible wonders of Ithaca, NY, is a breeze. Check out our accessible listing below, or read about some of our favorite accessible spots that include recommendations from locals. We're committed to ensuring that everyone can make the most of their time in our beautiful city.

For personalized recommendations from our visitor experience team, be sure to visit the Downtown Visitor Center in the Tompkins Center for History and Culture! It is open year-round Monday through Saturday. 

Come join us in Ithaca, where accessibility meets natural beauty and inclusivity thrives. Experience the best of both indoor and outdoor attractions, all while creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Book your trip today and embark on a journey of discovery, adventure, and unforgettable experiences.